HOUSTON - David Piland threw for 276 yards and two scores as the Houston Red squad earned a 42-28 victory in the annual Red & White Game hosted for the final time at Robertson Stadium on Friday.
Piland, who has played well all spring, connected on 21-of-27 passes in limited action and hit Dewayne Peace on a first quarter scoring throw of 42 yards and Daniel Spencer on a nine-yard TD in the fourth.
The Red squad opened the game with 14 first-quarter points led by the play of Piland. The redshirt sophomore threw for 200 yards in the opening frame, showing a crowd of 5,137 why he was named the UH starter earlier in the week by Head Coach Tony Levine. Piland hit nine different receivers in the opening quarter, including that 42-yard toss to Peace.
As expected quarterback play was solid all night for the Cougars. Bram Kohlhausen, who split time on both teams, combined to complete 21-of-33 passes for 270 yards and two scores. He did toss a pair of interceptions however. Not to be outdone, Crawford Jones hit 15-of-21 throws for 204 yards (playing for bothsquads) and three TDs, while Drew Hollingshead completed 9-of-14 throws for the UH White.
Kenneth Farrow opened the game's scoring with a tough 12-yard run for a score. The Red, going against the wind for the first quarter, moved the ball fluidly on thedrive, balancing the consistent passing of Piland with the tough running ofFarrow and Braxton Welford. Farrow finished the drive by running over four defenders en route to the end zone (12 yards).
Kohlhausen and Jones led the White right back into the game. A redshirt freshman, Kohlhausen hit Wayne Beadle on a nifty 31-yard catch and run and Jones showed a little "trickeration" hitting Terrell Douglas on a 39-yard pass on a fake field goal. Of course Levine is known for his special teams creativity and had Douglas motion towards the sideline like he was exciting the field of play,before turning up field on the snap for the wide open score.
Defensively Houston recorded nine sacks and 12 total tackles-for-loss. Efrem Oliphant had 2.5 sacks and led the game with three total tackles-for-loss. Miller Pierce led the White with two sacks as well.
Not to be forgotten was the strong running of Farrow and Welford. The duo showed great toughness in the absence of starter Charles Sims (sat out to allow more reps for Farrow and Welford) and combined to rush for 120 yards on 20 carries (6.0 ypc). Farrow added two scores on the ground.
Tonight's game completes spring practice for the Cougars.